car theft

Bummer for TikTok’s ‘Kia Boyz:’ Hyundai, Kia Agree to $200 Million Settlement over Easy to Steal Cars

Hyundai and Kia have agreed to a $200 million settlement to a class-action lawsuit involving a slew of car thefts due to the company’s easy to steal vehicle. Theft rings of “Kia Boyz” inspired by a viral social media challenge on the China-owned app TikTok have proven cars from both carmakers far easier to steal that other models due to a lack of electronic immobilizers, a common feature on most modern vehicles.

The Kia logo glimmers on the grille of a 2006 Sportage sports utility vehicle on the back